Some Sad News

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Edward Lev, beloved husband of MoJ friend Mary Ann Glendon of Harvard Law School, died unexpectedly this weekend after being hospitalized for what was thought to be a non-life threatening infection. He was 86 years old. Deepest condolences to Mary Ann and their daughters and grandchildren. . . . . Continue Reading »

Virtue and (or?) Happiness

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My old friend Charles Krauthammer, with whom I served on the President’s Council on Bioethics in the Bush years, is someone with whom I more often agree than disagree. But here is a recent exchange on which we part ways on some pretty basic ideas about political theory. I should note that both of . . . . Continue Reading »

Mahatma Gandhi on Sex and Marriage

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Every now and then, folks on the left who regard Mahatma Gandhi as a hero and a kind of saint, stumble on to his writings about sexual morality and marriage. They are stunned to discover that their hero was a ferocious critic of the relaxation of traditional norms of sexual ethics, even going as . . . . Continue Reading »

A Question for the President

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Dear Mr. President: Thank you for taking time to share with us, more than once now, your reflections on the Zimmerman case, just as you took time to share your thoughts on the case involving Professor Gates of Harvard. But Mr. President, if you could spare just another moment, I respectfully . . . . Continue Reading »

An Unlicensed Sermon

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A little Sunday sermon from a guy with no license to preach: For those of us who are Christian—-and I suspect the same is true of our friends of other religious traditions—-it is tempting to embrace those doctrines and teachings of our faith that are acceptable to the “beautiful . . . . Continue Reading »

Public Discourse

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Somehow, five days a week—-week in and week out—- Public Discourse , the online journal of the Witherspoon Institute, manages to post an illuminating and engaging essay on a significant issue in our public life.  Yesterday it was Matthew Franck’s powerful reflection on . . . . Continue Reading »